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December 2018

Futile debates around the Global Compact for Migration are a missed opportunity for all, EU migrants included

2018-12-11T18:32:21+00:00

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was not supposed to be controversial. It is the first international framework to help countries achieve mutual goals on international migration, like combatting human trafficking or making sure that all migrants have adequate identity documents, which are difficult—or more likely impossible—to accomplish alone. But despite its nonprovocative [...]

Futile debates around the Global Compact for Migration are a missed opportunity for all, EU migrants included2018-12-11T18:32:21+00:00

Humanitarian Corridors: the need for safe and legal pathways to Europe

2018-12-14T12:21:06+00:00

Community sponsorship has started to emerge across Europe to provide safe and legal ways for people in need of protection to enter Europe. One of the most successful models so far is the ‘Humanitarian Corridor’, started in Italy in 2015 and recently launched in France and Belgium. One such community is Protestant Church-Museum in the [...]

Humanitarian Corridors: the need for safe and legal pathways to Europe2018-12-14T12:21:06+00:00

November 2018

Non-formal education is critical for migrant children’s integration. It should be a policy priority!

2018-12-14T14:02:05+00:00

Language classes, sports and arts activities, computer skills training, or museum visits—these are all examples of non-formal education (NFE). They complement or provide alternatives to the formal education that children receive in schools. Non-formal education can have a huge impact on child development. It boosts self-esteem, promotes communication skills, provides a link between formal education [...]

Non-formal education is critical for migrant children’s integration. It should be a policy priority!2018-12-14T14:02:05+00:00

April 2018

Refugee children: What is keeping them out of schools?

2018-12-03T16:39:27+00:00

The Easter break is over and most pupils across Europe are now back to school. Sadly, school is just a distant memory for some of the 1 million children who have applied for asylum in Europe since 2015. No classroom, no homework and no playground for up to 4 years! Those children need to be [...]

Refugee children: What is keeping them out of schools?2018-12-03T16:39:27+00:00

March 2018

Disability and asylum: 3 key measures the Global Compact for Migration should commit to

2018-12-03T16:37:30+00:00

Friday 9 March marked the beginning of the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games. During the next few days, hundreds of athletes living with an impairment will inspire the world with their outstanding performances. This is the perfect time to call policy-makers to take the necessary measures to improve disabled people’s living conditions, notably those fleeing to safety. Years [...]

Disability and asylum: 3 key measures the Global Compact for Migration should commit to2018-12-03T16:37:30+00:00

November 2017

Demonstration in Brussels calls for regularisation of undocumented migrants

2017-11-13T12:32:36+00:00

More than 2,300 people took part in the Brussels demonstration on 12 November, which raised awareness of the need to regularise the situation of undocumented migrants. The demonstration was organised by a number of groups that offer support to undocumented migrants, including, The Coordination des sans-papiers of Belgium together with Ciré (which supports asylum seekers), [...]

Demonstration in Brussels calls for regularisation of undocumented migrants2017-11-13T12:32:36+00:00

Comic Journalism providing new avenue for migrants to express their views

2017-11-10T11:05:18+00:00

The issue of refugees and migration is often discussed in Germany’s social and political circles. However, concern was raised that refugees and migrants had no voice in the public sphere and didn’t have the opportunity to talk about their experiences themselves. InfoMigrants however highlights a new platform in multiple languages for migrants and refugees to [...]

Comic Journalism providing new avenue for migrants to express their views2017-11-10T11:05:18+00:00

Suspected trafficking after 26 young Nigerian women found dead in the Mediterranean Sea

2017-11-10T10:23:09+00:00

Twenty-Six Nigerian women tragically died as they tried to cross the Mediterranean Sea on their way to reach the Italian coast. The bodies of the young Nigerian women and girls aged between 14 and 18 were retrieved from the Mediterranean Sea over the weekend and taken to Italy, where officials said on Tuesday 7 November [...]

Suspected trafficking after 26 young Nigerian women found dead in the Mediterranean Sea2017-11-10T10:23:09+00:00

Increased tensions in Lesbos over appalling conditions in camps

2017-11-09T16:53:58+00:00

Tensions have increased in Lesbos over crowded camps, with Lesbos Mayor Spyros Galinos accusing the Greek government of allowing the island to become “a giant prison camp,” where “all human dignity is denied.” Boycotting celebrations on Wednesday 8 November marking the 105th anniversary of Lesbos’s liberation from Ottoman Turkish rule, local officials gave the coalition [...]

Increased tensions in Lesbos over appalling conditions in camps2017-11-09T16:53:58+00:00

UNHCR Study: Integration largely successful under UK Syria refugee resettlement

2017-11-09T16:52:04+00:00

More than 8,000 Syrian refugees have come to the UK under the Government’s Syrian resettlement scheme, which has made a "successful start" in helping its beneficiaries integrate in their new country, according to a study by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and partners. Under the Syrian vulnerable persons resettlement scheme (VPRS), refugees are referred to the Home Office [...]

UNHCR Study: Integration largely successful under UK Syria refugee resettlement2017-11-09T16:52:04+00:00

Supreme Court Prosecutor launches investigation into attack on Afghan home in Athens

2017-11-09T14:31:58+00:00

Supreme Court prosecutor Xeni Dimitriou ordered an investigation on Tuesday 7 November into last week’s attack on the home of an 11-year-old Afghan boy in the Athens suburb of Dafni. Amir was chosen to carry the Greek flag at an Ochi Day parade in Athens, but became a target for attack after the selection. A [...]

Supreme Court Prosecutor launches investigation into attack on Afghan home in Athens2017-11-09T14:31:58+00:00

October 2017

Greek coalition government criticised for delays in responding to refugee and migrant needs

2017-10-31T16:55:44+00:00

Greek political party Syriza condemned the coalition government for the plight of the thousands of refugees and migrants stranded in Greece. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his migration minister particularly came under fire on Monday 30 October during a meeting of the party’s political secretariat when they were blamed for delays in providing migrants and refugees [...]

Greek coalition government criticised for delays in responding to refugee and migrant needs2017-10-31T16:55:44+00:00